January 9th, 2012
03:37 AM ET

Iran sentences American to death

American Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, on trial in Iran for espionage, has been sentenced to death, Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reported Monday.

A court convicted Hekmati of "working for an enemy country ... for membership in the CIA and also for his efforts to accuse Iran of involvement in terrorism," according to Fars.

Ahead of the verdict, his family and the United States denied the accusations against him.

Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine, was arrested in August while visiting his grandmother and other relatives, his family in Michigan said last month.

The Hekmatis said their son served in the Marines from 2001 to 2005. Later, he started his own linguistics company and contracted his services to the military as well as civilian businesses.

His military contracts included cultural competency training. He worked with troops at military bases to promote understanding of, and positive communication, with people of other cultures, his family said.

Fars reported that Hekmati said he worked for the U.S. Army for four years and later the CIA, where he was sent to Afghanistan and had access to secret documents.

Hekmati was supposed to give his information to the Iranians in two parts - the first part for free, and if they liked it he would ask for $500,000 for the second part, according to Fars.

Hekmati said he was to get a receipt from the intelligence ministry for the money, Fars reported. The judge speculated whether the receipt would later be used as evidence linking Iran to terrorist activities, the news agency said.

If Iran had paid, Hekmati told the judge, he would have kept the money and lived in Iran, according to Fars.

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  1. Ahkmed the Terror Guy

    How many American children taken hostage each year in America? You don't know how many because you don't want to know. You are more to be interested in how man Americans go missing elsewhere. Maybe to be afraidy cat to look in mirror?

    January 9, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. banasy©

    Scottish Mama ©

    There, love. Welcome to the land of ©

    January 9, 2012 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. fernace

    FYI, that c in a circle means Copyrighted, which means no1 can use your name Without Permission! Are you listening trolls?! Lol!!

    January 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jazzy

    Don't you actually have to register your name as a trademark? Just curious

    January 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. chrissy

    Ok Ahkmed not sure who you are tho i have a feeling! My response earlier was to old drillers comment on IRANS PREZ but thanks! And also nice to see someone else having such a low opinion of BUSH!!! I cant think of a worse US prez ever!

    January 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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